Tag archives for Melbourne

How to Thrive on a Long-Haul Flight

After enduring dozens of long-haul flights, I’ve become a bit of an expert when it comes to staying sane and healthy while getting from here…to way over there. Here are eight hard-won tips to help you do the same.

A Perfect Day in Downtown Melbourne

When it comes to getting around the sprawling metropolis (in terms of square mileage, Melbourne is one of the largest cities in the world), you have to right-size your ambitious plans. So for this perfect-day itinerary, I homed in on the city’s Central Business District, which, thanks to an excellent (and free) tram system, is eminently explorable.

Natural Beauty: Great Day Trips From Melbourne

Don’t get me wrong; I love a great city. But there’s a bit of yin and yang to travel. Once I’ve had my fill of urban experiences, I start plotting an escape. I’ve already outlined the appeal of penguin pilgrimage site Phillip Island and the Yarra Valley’s wine wonderland, both of which are less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne. Here are three more idyllic ways to spend a day (or a weekend) in Victoria.

Travel Lens: Neil Perry’s World

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Neil Perry is culinary royalty in his native Australia, and for good reason. Here’s a look at the world through his unique lens—and appetite.

Travel Lens: Yotam Ottolenghi’s World

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Star chef, restaurateur, and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi is known for combining flavors and traditions from his Middle Eastern upbringing with those from the Mediterranean, North Africa, and Asia to create his own brand of fusion forged from a well-stamped passport. Here’s a look at the world through his unique lens (and appetite).

Australia’s Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of the only scenic drives in the world that can claim a mix of rugged scenery, some of Earth’s tallest trees, sea stacks of towering rock, and surfers. But marsupial wildlife as prebreakfast comic relief? Well played, Australia.

I Heart My City: Kids Edition

It’s time for another special edition of I Heart My City! This time we’re serving up recommendations for the best educational experiences for kids (and kids at heart) in 15 cities around the world from the people who know them best: our ever-inspirational I Heart My City community. They also happen to be fun.

The Radar: $100 Weekend in Melbourne, How to be an Expert iVideographer, SCUBA in Honduras

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups

The Radar: Amsterdam’s Best Budget Hotels, 10 Scenic Golf Courses, Get Kissed by a Koala

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

I Heart My City: Christine’s Melbourne

Welcome back city-lovers to another Wednesday edition of I Heart My City! This week’s insider tour is from American expat Christine Amorose who works and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Here are Christine’s tips on the best places to eat, drink, and play in a city recently named the most livable in the world. Melbourne is My…

Where’s Andrew? Music in Melbourne

I traveled to Australia because it’s what I know least. It’s the farthest place from home and literally the opposite end of my world. Where better to begin my digital wanderings than in a huge, almost-empty continent on the flip side of the globe? (It also helps that it’s summer down here.) I flew to…

Where’s Andrew? Balloon Boy

Just one day after planting my feet on the great Australian continent, I took off again. Flying in a hot air balloon was something that I’d always wanted to try. It also proved a nice introduction to the city of Melbourne. Some of the first modern cartographers used hot air balloons to make their maps…